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Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic Offered By Suffolk County

Suffolk County Offers Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) and the Town of Brookhaven will offer free rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brookhaven Animal Shelter located at 300 Horseblock Road, Brookhaven, NY. The clinic is available to all county residents, however, the quantity of vaccine is limited and available only while supplies last. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats and ferrets must be in carriers. 

Rabies, a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system, is seen most often among wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes, but any mammal can be infected with rabies. Pets and livestock can get rabies if they are not vaccinated to protect them against infection.

New York State and Suffolk County laws require that all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. Vaccinating pets not only provides protection for the animals but also acts as a barrier to keep the rabies virus from spreading between wild animals and people.

Although no raccoons have tested positive for the rabies virus in Suffolk County since 2009, three to six percent of the bats that are tested annually are positive for rabies.    

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services recommends the following precautions to protect your pets and your family from possible exposure to rabies:

To keep bats from getting into buildings:

  • Make sure windows have screens, chimneys are capped, and electrical and plumbing openings are plugged;
  • Avoid leaving unscreened doors and windows open to the outside;
  • Seal all openings to the outdoors that are larger than 1/2 inch; 

Report all animal bites or contact with wild animals to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at (631) 853-0333 weekdays, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Animal bites or contact with wild animals can be reported to the Department at (631) 852-4820 outside normal business hours. If possible, try to contain the animal so that it can be tested.

For more information about the rabies vaccination clinic, call Brookhaven Animal Shelter at (631) 451-6950

For more information on rabies, visit the New York State Department of Health website athttp://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/rabies/rabies.htm, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website athttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/.


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